The internet was probably one of the biggest differences between my pregnancies with Chelsea and Conor, and my time with Noah. It was actually a mixed blessing. On the one hand, with just a few clicks, I had access to a seemingly limitless amount of information on anything I needed to know about my current condition and impending arrival.
On the other hand, with just a few clicks, I had access to a seemingly limitless amount of information……..
You get my drift. I was completely overwhelmed by the onslaught of “must-needs” and “have-to-haves”. Most days I’d simply shut my computer and take a nap.
But I was lucky. Two of my (much younger) cousins were also pregnant at the time, and immersed in young mommyhood and all its trappings. I simply used them as my ‘”go-to’s”, and they helped me pull together the essentials, especially for those first (exhausting) weeks.
But what about mommies-to-be who don’t have family or friends who are “in the know”?
image courtesy of Lulibox
Candice Richards, founder of Lulibox, was in just that place when expecting her first child a few years ago. She created Lulibox in response to this and I chatted with her recently about her very clever idea:
1. What was the original idea behind Lulibox?
LuliBox was created to overcome the stress of “what do I need for this baby??”, by sending a box of essentials right to the new parents’ home. When I was expecting my first child, I started researching what I’d need to get through those first few days – and wound up with a really long “must-have” list that totally freaked me out!
I was working full-time and couldn’t go out and buy all the things on “the list”. I searched for a product like Lulibox, that would do all of the work and send me just what I needed – and such a product didn’t exist! I ended up buying NOTHING before the baby was born.
The day my daughter was born I sent my husband to pick up a few things for her. He came home with $600 worth of items I either didn’t need or was scared to use (like those over-the-head onesies that terrified me – all I wanted was side-snap tee shirts!). Same with bottles – so many choices!
I felt like too much was left in the hands of those large baby super stores, when what I wanted was straight advice from a real mom who was in tune with the most current and reliable products. And that’s when the idea for Lulibox was born.
2. What can new parents expect to find when they open their Lulibox?
Your Lulibox contains all of the essentials for the first few weeks of your baby’s life: diapers, wipes, muslin swaddle blanket, side-snap tees, footed onesies, washcloth, bib, cap, bottle, bottle brush, bottle soap, baby wash, diaper cream and terry cloth socks!
We also include special treats for mommy, such as beauty products, discounts to fitness classes and other coupons and samples. The baby products are the core essentials that will always stay the same – the mommy side will constantly change so we can keep the LuliBox fresh and fun!
3. I love the name – does it have a special meaning?
Luli is my daughter’s nickname! LuliBox contains everything I needed for Luli’s first weeks at home.
4. Any future plans for Lulibox that you can share with us?
We are currently curating an organic box, which is a dream for us and in high demand. We’re also opening up to retail distribution, which is very exciting! Several chic baby stores in Williamsburg have expressed interest in carrying the LuliBox!
Mother’s Day is around the corner, and this would make a perfect gift for a special new mom or mommy-to-be. I recently sent a Lulibox to a dear friend of mine, who just welcomed a baby boy into her life. She loved it!
I am a huge fan of this idea, and have such admiration for Candice. Here’s someone who experienced a need, couldn’t find a solution, and created a product to fill that void!
Note: I was not compensated for this post, and the comments and opinions expressed here are – as always – completely my own.